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This museum is located in the center of the Santa Catalina monastery and houses a grand collection of paintings from the prestigious Cusquenan Art School. It includes some of the most outstanding impressions of Native American art, done in an indigenous style with a Spanish influence. You will also encounter many religious images. Among some of the most important saints and virgins in the museum are "Senor de los Temblores" and "Santa Catalina." Another impressive image is the "Patron Saint of Santiago," a warrior on horseback who is considered to be as powerful as "Llapa" Lord of Thunder. There is a pleasant cafeteria were you can sample a variety of desserts made by the Dominican cloistered nuns. Ceremonial wine and rosaries are also for sale.
Museo Inka is an intriguing museum that archives the Peruvian from the renowned Inca civilization. You can find here many relics, Inca ceramics, paintings, jewelry, arts and crafts on display.
The Museo de Arte Precolombino offers an interesting menu of exhibits for lovers of Pre-Columbian art forms. On display are archeological artifacts, ceramic art, carvings along with paintings and sculptures that include a symbolic meaning. It houses impressive pieces of artistic displays that reflect the Peruvian culture. Get to know more on the ever mysterious civilizations of the Inca, Nazca, Paracas and the like. There is also a cafe and an auditorium that features vocal presentations of local civilizations. Call ahead for more details.
This imposing building is built on the foundations of the Inca Roca's Palace. Its outside walls demonstrate some of the finest classical Inca architecture. The fabric of the wall, comprised of blocks of green andesite, is enormous. The colonial construction, built on top of the existing Inca walls houses an impressive collection of colonial religious art. The colonial canvases are of a similar quality to the building, displaying a fusion of two refined arts: Inca architecture and Spanish painting. Admission is included in the Tourist Ticket: 35 soles.
This village is built on the historic remains of the ancient "Hacienda" of Tupac Inca Yupanqui. The hillside surrounding Chinchero was transformed into a group of terraces lined by typical Incan stone walls. Large rooms were built above the terraces and were used for administrative and religious functions. Today, you will find colonial bell towers that have been built over the Incan ruins. The colorful Sunday market in Chinchero is where the communities of the region exchange their agricultural products and handicrafts.